Madeleine Gardiner was born in 1993 in Edinburgh and completed a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Leeds College of Art in 2012, before she graduated in Painting from Edinburgh College of Art in 2015. Based in Edinburgh, she works from her studio in The Biscuit Factory. Speaking about her practice, Madeleine says "wild spaces, memory and atmosphere are key areas of concern in my work. I often create composite landscapes, built from memories that I feel are connected through a shared aesthetic. The simultaneous push and pull between paint appearing as paint and what it is representing, allows me to be selective with the information and details I include in each piece of work. The way in which elements within a landscape are altered by light is my primary focus, every decision I make is centred around recreating this. I have a fascination with depth, which has lead to an on-going attempt to achieve a sense of immersion through paint."